EgyptAir hijacker's real identity and motive revealed
An Egyptian presidential spokesman said the correct name of the EgyptAir Flight 181 hijacker is Seif El Din Mustafa, an Egyptian national.cnn.com
Cypriot media said he has demanded that he speak with a Cypriot woman to whom he claims he was once married. She is now being brought to the airport to participate in the negotiations.
Addressing reporters with the visiting European parliament president, Martin Schulz, the Cypriot leader, Nikos Anastasiades, ruled out terrorism, confirming instead that it had been instigated a man bent on reuniting with his former wife.
“It’s all to do with a woman,” said the Cypriot president. “We are doing everything to release the hostages.”
An EgyptAir airliner, Flight MS181, carrying 81 passengers, has been hijacked and forced to divert to Larnaca airport on the south coast of Cyprus. Going from Alexandria to Cairo, the Airbus A320 was hijacked after a passenger said he was wearing an explosives belt.
Negotiations with the hijacker have resulted in the release of all passengers, except for 7 crew and 4 foreigners, EgyptAir said
The Egyptian civil aviation ministry said in a statement:
"The pilot said that a passenger told him he had an explosives vest and forced the plane to land in Larnaca."bbc.com
According to CNN, the hijacking comes months after a Russian Metrojet passenger plane was downed over Egypt's Sinai desert
While Russian authorities insisted the plane crash was the result of terrorism, one U.S. official said it was "99.9% certain" the cause. Another said it was "likely."
Egypt was insisting that airports were safe, and that tourists should come back. But this is going to raise a lot of questions about just how safe the country, and its air travel is, CNN's Ian Lee says.